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A Completely New Type of Actuator -or- This Ain't Your Grandfather's Internal Combustion EngineA completely new type of actuator - one that is proposed for use in a variety of environments from sea to land to air to space - has been designed, patented, built, and tested. The actuator is loosely based on the principle of the internal combustion engine, except that it is a completely closed system, only requiring electrical input, and the working fuel is water. This paper outlines the theory behind the electrolysis- and ignition-based cycle upon which the actuator operates and describes the performance capability test apparatus and results for the actuator. A mechanism application that harnessed the unit s power to twist a scaled rotor blade is also highlighted.
Document ID
20100021938
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Gore, Brian W. (Aerospace Corp. El Segundo, CA, United States)
Hawkins, Gary F. (Aerospace Corp. El Segundo, CA, United States)
Hess, Peter A. (Aerospace Corp. El Segundo, CA, United States)
Moore, Teresa A. (Aerospace Corp. El Segundo, CA, United States)
Fournier, Eric W. (Aerospace Corp. El Segundo, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 29, 2013
Publication Date
May 12, 2010
Publication Information
Publication: Proceedings of the 40th Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium
Subject Category
Space Sciences (General)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.

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